Haas Newsroom

ATTENTION: Technology, health, education, environment reporters and editors

Contact: Ute Frey
(510) 642-3042

WHAT: The 2nd annual "Bridging the Divide" conference on technology and the developing world, sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley's Management of Technology (MOT) program and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

WHEN: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, and 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, April 22

WHERE: UC Berkeley's Sibley Auditorium. A campus map is at http://www.berkeley.edu/map/.

WHO: Carlos Magariños, UNIDO's director-general, will open the conference.

Others speaking include: Theogene Rudasingwa, former Rwandan ambassador to the United States and the United Nations and a MOT visiting scholar, about economic development in Africa; Vijoleta Braach-Maksvytis, Australia's director of global development, on that country's work in economic development worldwide; El Salvador's Ricardo Navarro, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize and head of Latin America's largest environmental nongovernmental agency, about technology and environmental protection; David Lawrence, former chair of Kaiser-Permanente, on extending modern health care to less privileged regions; and Nick Donofrio, IBM senior vice president, and Sophia Chew, Intel's vice president and general manager, about multinational organizations bringing technology to developing nations.

UC Berkeley graduate students in the MOT program will present their research on topics including solar-powered lighting for rural China, detecting sexually transmitted disease among South African women, and clean energy production and greenhouse gas emissions in India.

NOTE: Conference information and registration can be found at http://bridge.berkeley.edu/. Reporters wishing to attend should contact Drew Isaacs, executive director of the MOT program and program director of the "Bridging the Divide" conference, at (510) 642-7734 or isaacs@haas.berkeley.edu.